Mediacorp star’s husband removed as CEO of POKKA International

The Chinese news media broke the news on Wed (26 Sep) that Mediacorp artist Vivian Lai’s husband, Alain Ong, has been removed as CEO of POKKA International. Pokka International is the international marketing arm of POKKA. POKKA confirmed that it is indeed undergoing changes to its management team in the midst of an internal audit. The change sees Ms Rieko Shofu …

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SingHealth security officer: Multiple persistent log-in failures over few days not conclusive to raise alarm

At the Comittee of Inquiry hearing yesterday (26 Sep) on the recent SingHealth cyber attack incident, witnesses said they were apprehensive about raising false alarms of the security incidents. SingHealth’s cluster information security officer Wee Jia Huo testified that he understood “an incident must be confirmed before being reported” to the leader of the cyber-security governance department. “Even a few …

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Singapore PM earned 70% of US President’s pay in 1985 but now it’s 500% more

During a Parliamentary budget debate in Mar 1985, then opposition Member of Parliament JB Jeyaretnam revealed that the salary of Singapore Prime Minister already exceeded that of first world countries like UK and New Zealand. Mr Jeyaretnam: Mr Speaker, Sir, the Prime Minister keeps talking about, “Let’s have a sense of proportion.” This is what I am trying to urge …

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Minister Ong: Singapore needs to bring in foreign talent for high-end jobs

In an interview with Bloomberg on Wed (19 Sep), Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore needs to bring in foreign talent in areas including software programming while the country re-balances its education system to meet future demands. A key issue is whether Singapore has a critical mass of workers to make itself a vibrant economy that will attract investments …

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Parl Sec highlights importance of energy security while Temasek sells power assets to foreign entities

Speaking at the Energy Market Authority (EMA)’s Energy Innovation event yesterday (20 Sep), Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry and Foreign Affairs Dr Tan Wu Meng said that the blackout in Singapore this week has brought home the importance of energy security. “Very recently, we felt the importance of energy security and energy resilience in a very real way …

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